A universal control system for small telescopes

Bell K., Garrad R.E., Francis G.M. and O'Mara B.J. (1994) A universal control system for small telescopes. Experimental Astronomy, 5 1-2: 75-79. doi:10.1007/BF01583813

Author Bell K.
Garrad R.E.
Francis G.M.
O'Mara B.J.
Title A universal control system for small telescopes
Journal name Experimental Astronomy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0922-6435
Publication date 1994-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01583813
Volume 5
Issue 1-2
Start page 75
End page 79
Total pages 5
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject 3103 Astronomy and Astrophysics
1912 Space and Planetary Science
Abstract An open loop stepper motor controller has been designed specifically for the control of small telescopes. The stepper motor driver is controlled by an IBM-type PC with TURBO PASCAL being used to develop the control software. The software has been set up to be driven either by a mouse or the keyboard. A configuration file contains information specific to the geographical location of the telescope and the mechanical details of the telescope drive such as the type of stepper motors used and the gearing ratios on the two axes. This feature allows the system to be easily attached to a variety of telescopes.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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